Admit it—you're a diva. You love nothing more than dressing up and looking pretty for any occasion, be it work, a party, or even a fun day of shopping with the gals. You pull out all the stops to make sure you're well-groomed and styled each time you leave home. But what about your makeup? When it comes to your face, less is always more. If you apply foundation incorrectly, your face can appear cakey, and cakes belong in the kitchen, not on your face. Check out these 3 easy tips to ensure it doesn't happen to you:
Take Care of Your Skin
 

Take Care of Your Skin

Rule 1, the most important. You can do everything in your power to apply foundation in such a way that it looks flawless, but unless your skin is healthy, it's pointless. No amount of skincare and makeup tips can save you.

Exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise are the 4 mantras for your skincare regimen.

Dirt clogs your pores resulting in makeup that looks blotchy. Exfoliation and cleansing will take care of this. Exfoliating your skin with a gentle scrub will remove some of the dirt and dead skin cells from your face.

After exfoliation, use a good quality cleanser that suits your skin type-normal, dry or oily.

A toner will seal open pores, so particles of dust and dirt can't seep into it quite as easily.

Once your skin is cleaned up, use a moisturizer to seal in the moisture and prevent your skin from drying out. This will give you a beautiful healthy glow, and will have your skin looking smooth, fresh and supple.

Choose the Correct Formula
 

Choose the Correct Formula

The correct formula is the key to choosing the right foundation. Therefor you’ve got to keep these simple foundation tips in mind. For example, for dry skin, needs to be hydrated all through the day, so to keep your skin looking dewy, go with the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation. Combination skin requires a partial-matte look, which keeps the skin moisturized, yet giving it a matte finish to tackle troublesome areas like an oily T-zone. For skin like this, the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse is the best bet. Oily skin needs a complete-matte finish, to ensure a shine-free complexion. A cream-based foundation on oily skin may cause acne, while a matte formula on dry skin can make the dry areas of the face more prominent.

Alternately, you can also use a few drops of face oil and blend it into your foundation to apply it on your skin.

Use and Blot
 

Use and Blot

You may think foundation is something you use all over the face, but this isn't always true. For instance, if you have trouble-free skin, you need a lot less foundation than someone with acne or pigmentation. Choose the amount required depending on your skin type. Use a light foundation which suits your skin-tone, and start from the centre of the face, blending it outward, towards the cheeks, hairline and jawline. Next, conceal any trouble areas such as blackheads and acne. This will ensure you get the coverage you need, while applying as little foundation as possible.

Once done, lightly blot out the excess foundation. This lifts any left-over product that may remain on your face, while keeping the rest of your foundation intact. Blotting is important to ensure the excess is taken off so your face doesn't develop a 'cakey' look.

There you go; 3 simple foundation application tips to help make you look like the Goddess you are!